Post # 17
Zephi: I take on DIY projects b/c I love the project (the process). So that is my question to you. Will you enjoy making these? If so, go for it. Squeeze every minute out of the wedding process. If you are worried about time, make a “short list” of special people to get the embroidered stationary and just make those. If you still feel like going, make another short list, etc.
In the age of facebook invites, people appreciate a handmade card/invite more than they even realize. I hand make every invite to every party I have (my annual Halloween party has about 120 invites), and people love them. Some save them, some throw them away (and that’s OK).
If you are doing solely to save money but don’t enjoy making them, you will make yourself miserable. And who wants to be miserable when they are engaged 🙂
Just FYI: my favorite STD I got was a simple photo postcard (photo on front, info on back). I kept the photo because the couple are dear to me and I loved having a photo of them. They cost 25 to 75 cents a piece and have cheaper postage too.
Best of luck to you & congratulations!
Post # 18
I made about 50 hand hand embossed and embroidered invitations. You need a good paper cutter and light box. Used a metal stencil for the hand embossing and a needle to make the holes for embroidery. Cut card stock the exact size of the blank cards and just glue it on the front of blank cards, thus no mess is seen. 5 years later I still have people telling me, they have saved that invitation. I did this on the front and inside just printed the wording on vellum and glued that to the inside.
Post # 19
@Zephi I’m a big crafter, too. If there was a way to embroider on a page seperate from the paper that the words would be printed on, I think that would be ideal. Just so you can start the embroidering now and print the worded part later when your venue/date/time/details are set in stone.
Post # 20
I once hand stitched 90 lace napkin holders – after that I CAREFULLY evaluate every DIY project before going ahead with it. It’s easy to end up in a situation where you feel like there’s no end to the project and that there’s no joy left in it.
That said, I like the idea of an embroidered invitation. Could you buy enough material for perhaps 1 or 2 invitations, make them (clock yourself!) and then re-evaluate the project?
Post # 21
I might give it a shot but on something else. I finally got my mom, my SO, and me on the same page for stationary but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still hope to do the embroidered invites. There’s just something about it that makes me happy, like it’s a personal touch that no one else is doing. (or at least no one I know!)
Post # 22
I say go for it, but I’m a bit insane when it comes to DIY, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. If you plan enough time, anything is possible. You could consider printing the design on the invite, then embroidering over it so you always have a guide. You could even think about doing pre-punched holes depending on what thickness thread you’re planning on using. Just remember, the first one you make is going to take you the longest.
Post # 23
Embroidered invitations are wonderful, my aunt would make embroidered birthday cards for my birthdays when I was a kid and sometimes I loved the card more than the present! That said, she only had to do them for a handful of kids – not 70 – so I think it’s probably a good idea to spend that energy on something else.
If you don’t go down this path, what else could you do for your invitations? I looked through so many options online and ended up drawing mine. Partly because it meant I got exactly what I wanted, partly because it saved a lot of money, but mostly because I had so much fun!
Here’s mine in case you’re interested:
We’ll end up with 30 invitations, which will cost us around $100. That includes having them printed, cut and mounted on pocket folds, plus that we’ll get envelopes with liners.
Post # 24
DIY your save the dates sure does sound fun! But I would caution you to experiment first before you spend the time and money trying to make a ton of them! Getting halfway through a DIY project and then giving up is definitely no fun 🙁 it also lets you practice before you actually make them for real! Also, crafts are certainly not as cheap as you might initially think…for example, I tried to make a paper bunting/sign thing for my company, and all the materials together factored in with the travel time to the store and the time it took me to put the bunting together cost me about as much as it would have to order bunting online. Just a thought! I would compare prices first and see if the DIY is truly as cheap as you think.
Post # 25
@Zephi Hmm…if you give yourself plenty of time it could work. You might want to look into partypop.com because apparently you can get free invitations from them by creating an account on their site.